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A meticulously maintained iTunes library with ratings for each track lets you easily create best-of playlists to keep lame songs off your iPod. That’s great if you consistently rate music as your collection grows, but what if you’ve got a giant unrated library and no time to add stars to all those tracks? Enter AutoRate, a free application that—ahem!—automatically rates music based on current play count and frequency. Despite some limitations, it’s an easy way to start getting more from your music.
AutoRate will have you seeing stars in no time.
AutoRate rates your songs (but not TV shows or movies) or restores old ratings with a click, although restoring ratings can take a while. In Preferences, choose between rating your entire library or a specific playlist, set new ratings to apply to either already-rated or unrated tracks, and adjust the extent to which play count and frequency affect ratings. Other options force AutoRate to take your pre-existing ratings into account or work with an optional Automator action to apply half-star ratings and display them in iTunes. Half-stars reflect AutoRate’s calculations more accurately than whole numbers, if you’re a big stats geek. The minimal instructions don’t offer as much explanation as we’d like, but most users can sort it all out quickly enough.
Rating an entire library takes only a minute or so, and it’s time well spent if you have lots of unrated songs. Results from AutoRate’s default settings appeared accurate to us, and we appreciated the convenience of automatically rating music, then rerunning the application after a lengthy listening session to keep ratings current with our tastes.
The bottom line. If you’ve been remiss in your rating regimen, AutoRate can rank your tracks quickly and with surprising accuracy.
Automatically generates accurate music ratings. Rates the entire library or a specific playlist.
Rating restoration can be slow. Minimal documentation. Only rates music files.